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Five Tips on Picking and Muting

Ted Drozdowski
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09.11.2014

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Guitar players spend a lot of time talking about gear — because it’s awesome!!!! — but the most important factors in your tone are your hands and your head. The conceptual and physical aspects of how you approach guitar play a crucial role in determining your sound.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Elvis Presley and Jerry ‘Guitar Man’ Reed

Andrew Vaughan
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09.10.2014

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It was on September 10, 1967 that Elvis Presley – waking from his mid-’60s slumber – went into the studio to cut “Guitar Man” at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Great Rock for Skating

Daniel Eriksson
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09.10.2014

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Punk rock has always gone hand in hand with skateboarding, going back some thirty plus years. I recently participated in a longboarding competition, and before the start I overheard one of the racers say that you should really listen to music you hate during the race, that way you’ll want to finish as fast as possible so that you get to turn it off.
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A Guitar Geek's Guide to Gibson Basses

Michael Leonard
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09.09.2014

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Gibson's electric and acoustic six strings are so fabled, it's easy to forget the company's basses. But there are some absolute classics at the heart of rock, blues and soul history and you can get improved models today.
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The Gibson Guitars Of Joe Perry

Michael Leonard
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09.05.2014

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Is it possible for a man to have too many guitars? Not if that man is Anthony Joseph “Joe” Perry. The Aerosmith legend estimates he owns more than 600 guitars - but he has so many, even he's not quite sure.
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Should You Start Learning on Electric or Acoustic?

Peter Hodgson
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09.04.2014

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If you’re planning to start learning guitar, it can be pretty overwhelming. You have to figure out where and how to learn (teacher? Instructional books or DVDs? Online course?). You have to figure out what kind of stuff you want to learn. And critically, you have to figure out what you’re going to play it on. It’s a lot to take in. But we’re here to help you through it! Let me start by telling you a little about when I first started playing guitar.
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10 Things You Should Know About Blues Legend Freddie King

Ted Drozdowski
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09.03.2014

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Blues innovator and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Freddie King sang like a lion and struck his guitar’s strings with rattlesnake intensity. Those talents, paired with his compositional brilliance, took King — who was born on September 3, 1934 in Gilmer, Texas — to the pinnacle of success in the blues world of the 1960s and ’70s.
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Linkin Park, AFI Rock Gibson Guitars on the 2014 Carnivores Tour

Anne Erickson
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09.02.2014

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Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI are wrapping up the 2014 Carnivores Tour, and the trek brought out a bevy of Gibson guitars. On tour, Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda is rocking his Heritage Cherry Red SG, while AFI guitarist Jade Puget has his beloved Les Pauls out to play. Check out some exclusive photos from the tour here.
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DJ Ashba on Gibsons and Gigs

Daniel Eriksson
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09.02.2014

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DJ Ashba regularly play Gibson guitars on stage, and in the studio. It’s rare to see him on stage with Guns N’ Roses without a Les Paul in hand.
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A Guitar Geek's Guide to Gibson Flying Vs and Explorers

Michael Leonard
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09.01.2014

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Gibson launched the Flying V and Explorer models in 1958, as part of the company’s Modernist range. Fifty-six years on, the two remain stunning examples of guitar design. They are “rock'n'roll meets The Jetsons” (thanks for that soundbite, Mr Billy F. Gibbons!) and remain two of the most radical guitars ever made and still made.
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